Postcard From Ireland: Castlewellan Castle
Jun29

Postcard From Ireland: Castlewellan Castle

  Built by the 4th Earl Annesly in the Scottish Baronial style in 1856 Castlewellan Castle  is located in a large  forest park and is framed by the Mountains of Mourne.  Below the castle is a scenic lake. The estate includes the lovely, walled Annesly Gardens. The castle is currently used as a Christian Conference Center. Forest walks, a three-acre peace maze, ponds and fishing on the lake make it a center of activity for the...

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Postcard from Ireland: Mussendun Temple and Downhill Demesne
Jun11

Postcard from Ireland: Mussendun Temple and Downhill Demesne

Mussendun Temple and Downhill Demesne, County Derry, Northern Ireland. Perched on a 120 foot cliff over the ocean, this dramatic spot is a fantastic place to explore and visit. The beach below was used in the Game of Thrones series to film the burning of the Seven Gods. The mansion was built in the 18th century by the Earl of Bristol, destroyed by fire in 1851, and rebuilt in 1870. During WWII, it was used to billet RAF servicemen and...

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Postcard from Ireland: On the Way to the Giants Causeway
May19

Postcard from Ireland: On the Way to the Giants Causeway

While traveling to the Giant’s Causeway we stood by the side of the road and took this picture. How peaceful it is. When I look at it I think of how many stories this place could tell. It takes me right back to that beautiful August day and I wish I was there again. Aida — Union, New Jersey The Irish Fireside “Postcards from Ireland” series invites readers to submit their memorable travel moments. Send us your photo with a...

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Postcard from Ireland: The Causeway Coast
May13

Postcard from Ireland: The Causeway Coast

I loved the Northern coast line! It was beautiful from the small towns like Portrush, with it’s sandy beach and surfers. To the ruins of Dunluce Castle perched on a cliff. And the unique coastline of Giant’s Causeway. It’s hard to pick just one. I only spent one day in the area, but I’m sure could have spent several in this area. Denise – Terre Haute, Indiana The Irish Fireside “Postcards from Ireland”...

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Postcard from Ireland: Stepping on to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
May08

Postcard from Ireland: Stepping on to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

I snapped this photo just before I took my first step on the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge in Northern Ireland. I’m not a fan of heights, but it was a long walk from the visitor’s parking lot to the bridge, so I felt compelled to make the crossing. The return trip was actually scarier than the initial crossing because the bridge seemed to bounce more and the rocks below looked more jagged. Fortunately, the weather was great...

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An American in Belfast: The Amateur Traveler Talks About Titanic, Murals, Meals, and More – AUDIO
Dec19

An American in Belfast: The Amateur Traveler Talks About Titanic, Murals, Meals, and More – AUDIO

Belfast and Northern Ireland are a bit of a mystery to many North Americans. Questions arise about its safety, its politics, and its “worthiness” as a tourist destination. Many of those uncertainties can be put the rest after hearing Chris Christensen talk to Mary Jo Manzanares about her travels in and around Belfast on the Amateur Traveler Podcast. Mary Jo offers a wonderful perspective on both things to see and do on a...

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